Newaygo Man Lost Appeal For Murder Conviction

A Newaygo man, who blamed post-traumatic stress disorder from the Vietnam War when he shot and killed his neighbor, has lost an appeal of his murder conviction.

James Traxler Jr. shot Michael Boynton in Newaygo County in 2011, while the victim was on a riding lawnmower.

The two had gotten into a fight a few weeks earlier.

Traxler’s attorney at the appeals court argued that the prosecutor’s mental health expert relied on incomplete information, and the testimony should have been ruled out.

The court disagreed in a 3-0 opinion, released Friday.

Traxler is serving a minimum prison sentence of 22 years.